3.5 STARS: ANTICIPATED RESOLUTION!
I was really looking forward to Vivienne and Jonah's last chapter, that's why I jumped into this book right away but I have to say it left me a little discouraged. Perhaps it was that I kept comparing it to the first book and how the element of surprise was such a big part in there but not as much in this one. That's not to say this book was completely predictable but the danger and kink in the story felt already too familiar and nothing else dragged my attention as much as in first book. However, I did enjoy how these characters' relationship become more romantic and feel-intense overall in this second installment, it sure gives them the anticipated resolution they so much deserved.
“With his help, and his love, I mastered my nightmares.”
In book one secrets were revealed and with that came much understanding but also a lot of complications for these two characters. Now both of their pasts come back to strike hard to remind them that their shared fantasies can no longer alleviate the guilt and shame. So this book deals a lot with healing, acceptance, and trying to stay together but it's not easy. Their scars continue to haunt them, making the fantasies more dangerous than ever.
“Whatever we are, it’s not “conventional.” We could never walk away from each other in a break like any other couple. Either we will go up in devastating flames, or we’ll be together—always.”
This story had a lot of loose ends and as things start to come together most of those get their resolution. Still, there was one in particular that didn't work out the way I expected and I found that a little disappointing. I think that plus the less surprised I felt in this book overall made me not enjoy it as much as the first one. But regardless, I did find Begging For It to be a true testament to the healing and recovery that abused victims go through. It really made me appreciate and applaud the strength and courage of what might entail to be a survivor.
“We don’t get all better; we don’t fix everything that’s broken. We just learn how to work around the broken bits. How to do the best we can with what we have, and who we are.”